Earlier this week, rogue arsonists attacked the forests which we planted a few years ago thanks to the generosity of our supporters. This calamity befell the small town of Bat Ayin, on the border with many Palestinian towns in the West Bank, mere days ago! All we know so far is that an enemy of Israel set the trees that we planted in Bat Ayin aflame.
The conflagration now thwarts the community’s efforts to plant themselves in the Holy Land as it left dozens of charcoaled olive trees in its wake.
We can not let this fire burn our efforts to replant the Children of Israel in their ancestral homeland. The prophetic words of Amos remain instilled in our hearts:
“And I will plant Israel upon their soil, nevermore to be uprooted from the land that I have given them (Amos 9:15).”
This catastrophe could not have come at a worse time; the Sabbatical Year, which starts in September, is only weeks away! That means that, starting this Rosh HaShanah holiday, all tree-planting in the Land of Israel will cease for 12 months, in accordance with Jewish biblical law. Our mission here at Israel365 has been and, now and always, to fulfil the words of the Bible in the Holy Land of Israel.
Israel365 will therefore adhere strictly to the laws which Moses declared for all to hear at Sinai; but that does not mean we will not also heed the words of the prophet Amos. Fulfill Amos’s centuries-old vision: replant the roots of the Jewish People in Israel now before it is too late!
The community of Bat Ayin needs you; will you answer the call?